Hello everybody! We are back to work at Pearson and having a ball! Seriously! This is not the PTE... This is CMAS. What do those letters mean? I don't know.. but they sound important. And the difference in the work load is incredible.
Let's just say CMAS is easier and we are back to getting bonuses. And we are less stressed when we come home from work. I can't really explain it other than the project scoring 6th graders is far easier than foreign students.
Anyway. We still work had, but it does not tax the brain as much.
And with that, I will say that the weather has turned pleasant over the last day and a half. And we are looking forward to the weekend. Cheryl has been recovering from some of that "post Race Fatigue" but she is ready to get back out there and run. She has been running in the morning now, leaving me to bike on my own time. ( Evening, if the weather allows.) Perhaps we will be broadcasting from a new location this weekend... We shall see.
Anyway, Happy Thursday! Thanks for stopping in.
Sunday, May 19, 2019
|Madison Wisconsin, Scene of the|
|They still have Tulips!|
|Overcast day, Cool with rain in the|
Forecast..Dum Dum Dum!!!!!
|The Start of the Syttende|
Mai Festival Race.
|At the Start Line..|
|See they guy ham it up?|
|If only Cheryl had no been Hiding|
So Cheryl ran by at the start behind a bunch of tall men. One guy even posed for my camera! He was probably not aware that my wife was just behind him. Cheryl likes to start in the "middle" of the pack so I can't see her at the start. I think she tries to test me with "Challenges" to make sure I'm up for the job of Photographer. At least I managed to get a few shots before she ran by.
|Stuck in Traffic....|
|The Runners Run by...|
|Even Cheryl is beating me.|
|Avoid the Rimrock Intersection!|
|Mile 5. I made it ahead of her.|
At mile 5, Cheryl zipped by so fast I barely had time to give her her drink. I guess with the overcast skies and lack of heat, she did not require as much chilled beverage as she did last year. I was so focused on giving her her drink, I did not get the camera to cooperate. ( I snapped the pics, they just did not turn out as planned.)
|Mile 11.5 On top of the Hill.|
|Ready for an Ice Cold Beverage?|
|With a Straw!|
|But no inspirational words.|
|Mile 15, Cheryl is becoming|
|Don't attack the Small Child.|
|At the Finish. I beat her! Again!|
|Cheryl tosses her gloves.|
|Right at me...|
|Right in front of the Officer!!!!|
|She looks happy to be|
I barely arrived at the finish when Cheryl came in. She carried her gloves the entire run and decided to toss them right as she passed in front of a police officer! Luckily, I was there to pick them up so Cheryl would not be sighted for littering! (Just kidding! First, runners often ditch clothes along a race route as they overheat. And second: I think that was a volunteer, not an officer.
|Find Cheryl in this Picture.|
|How about this one?|
|Tell the guy I'm not stalking him..|
As I followed her through the crowd, she tried her best to disappear. Can you find her in this picture?
|Geting the goodies.|
|Showing off the Medal.|
|Pretty good for a first medal.|
|And now we wait. Too bad we|
couldn't find the beer.
|And a bright T-Shirt.|
|Cheryl wins a Major Award!|
|Hand painted Norwegian Plate.|
|Rain forces people into the shops.|
|The bakery was packed! We skipped|
|Eating Norwegian Meatballs.|
|A lot like Swedish, only bigger!|
|Rain is really comeing down now!|
|We hunker down and eat sweets.|
|While runners continue to come|
So the final tally: Cheryl ran the 2019 Syttende Mai 20 mile run in 2:38:39 with an average pace of 7:56 minutes per mile. Compared to last year: 2018. She ran 2:48:15. That is almost a 10 minute improvement over last year! Did she ring the "New PR bell"? Nope! She didn't want to "brag..." I would have rung it for her, had I not already appeared to be creepy enough. She said she had a little trouble in the first 5 miles, but managed to pull through and finish with a decent time.
|Ultimately a success.|
|With a Major Award!|
Friday, May 17, 2019
Either way, we are going to celebrate Syttende Mai with the Norwegians here in German Country. Even though I'm Swedish and Cheryl is Dutch(-ish) And both of us are German (we think), we are still apparently welcome to join in on the fun.
So. After a long day at work, a long drive here... what ever shall we do? Well, Drink beer and rest up for tomorrow. It is on only thing we can do at this point. It is 9:00 P.M. and we have an early morning to scope out the route and find our spectator spots. Also, there will be Romelgrot for our future.
I'll keep it brief and sign off. Hopefully I will have a good day tomorrow and will have enough pictures and bandwidth to post something. We shall see.
Wish us Luck!